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to help manage what he calls one of the largest relief efforts in u.s. history. >>> at home, a potential political crisis as the president marks one year in office. >>> and golden moment. the stars of the big and small screens gather for the first big award events of the season. who will strike gold. the winner is still up in the air, today sunday, january 17th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to this special split edition of "today." i'm lester hold coming to you from the airport in port-au-prince, haiti. >> lester, the pictures continue to shock and sadden so many of us. >> reporter: it's a story that continues to get dramatic by the hour, a lot to report overnight we got another pretty strong aftershock that jolted a lot of us awake. fortunately it was short in duration. there was also good news on the search and rescue front. a woman has pulled from the wreckage of that hotel in haitianville that collapsed during the earthquake. she was only dehydrated but alive. some people had been pulled alive from a supermarket. there's been
. this as the u.s. embassy in yemen closes due to terror threats and the president prepares to meet with his top security officials. >>> and winter wallop, from wind and waves to blankets of snow, the northeast is bearing the brunt of mother nature and more is expected. today, sunday, january 3rd, 2010. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with lester holt and jenna wolfe. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday morning. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm jenna wolfe. the arrest of paul merhige brings some closure to the family of the victims of that thanksgiving day massacre. >> while he was loose some of the family feared for their own lives thinking he might be seeking them out as well. now at least part of that nightmare is over thanks to a tip generated by "america's most wand." we'll have the latest including an interview with the parents of the youngest victim. >>> also as the president returns from his hawaiian vacation, he'll meet this week at the white house with his top security team to find out just how the would be christmas bomber
-au-prince. we're going to get their reports in just a couple of minutes. >> but first, let us get you caught up on the overnight developments. the death toll unclear this morning. haitian president rene preval has said the death toll could be around 50,000, but one haitian senator believes that it could soar to as high as 500,000, and there are unconfirmed reports of at least three american deaths. there are some 45,000 americans living and working in haiti. meanwhile, the first u.s. planes carrying food, water and other supplies have started to arrive. u.s. navy ships are headed to the region, one carrying 2,000 marines to assist with security there. we're going to talk to secretary of state hillary clinton about the u.s. response to the disaster in just a moment. >>> but we want to begin on this thursday morning with ann curry, who is in port-au-prince right now, and she has the latest on the disaster. ann, good morning to you. >> reporter: matt, good morning. not since the tsunami has there been a humanitarian crisis that has needed the world's help than this one in haiti right now. it is a
recalls. millions of vehicles have been recalled in the u.s. because of sudden acceleration problems. toyota now says the parts needed to fix the cars will begin to arrive at dealerships later this week, but some anxious car owners are still very worried about what they drive. here's nbc's george lewis. >> reporter: toyota says it has a fix for its gas pedal problems and that parts for recalled vehicles may be in dealerships pie late this week. that's little consolation to dr. wittin, a retired physician from are california, who said his dealer told him there's nothing wrong with his 2005 highlander hybrid. he doesn't believe that. >> up until now it was -- i was a pretty reliable toyota customer but i will never buy a car from them again. i can't. they're not safe. >> reporter: so he had the car towed home. it had been in the body shop after it accelerated suddenly and crashed. >> i do not intend to ever drive this car. >> reporter: he says it will sit in his driveway while he contemplates suing toyota. and toyota's problems may not end with these recalls. >> we believe that the pro
for shelter. they've been out with us all morning and we thank them. it's awfully nice of them. i'm matt lauer along with ann curry, filling in while meredith is taking a little time off, although meredith wouldn't be here at this time. and al roker and natalie's inside. we'll check with her in a second. >>> coming up this half hour, a tragic story in south florida. after partying out on the town on new year's -- or celebrating the new year -- 26-year-old paula sliduski was never seen again. her body actually found in a dumpster in north miami. we're going to hear from her sister and get the latest on the investigation in just a couple of minutes. >> very sad. >>> on another note, earlier this morning, we heard from richard heene, the father of the so-called balloon boy. he made some very strong statements and surprising statements in his remarks to you, matt. so, we're going to hear what he had to say before he begins his jail sentence. basically, he says that there are others who lied, that he -- >> the entire sheriff's department he says lied. he says the sheriff lied and everybody that cre
't have any exact numbers now. i'm very proud of the u.s. government response. the president ordered a swift, coordinated, aggressive effort. we've got the airport open, thanks to the u.s. military. we've got our civilian search-and-rescue teams on the ground, thanks to usaid and fema. we are doing all we can to figure out how best to attack the devastation all around, and this is going to be a long-term effort. we have the immediate crisis of trying to save those lives that can be saved, to deal with the injured and the dead, to try to provide food, water, medical supplies, some semblance of shelter, and then to work with our haitian partners, the government of haiti, ngos, others to begin the rebuilding process. >> you mentioned the government of haiti. right now we know that many government buildings were badly damaged or destroyed, including the presidential palace and parliament. the president is safe, but there are legislators and ministers who are still among the missing. is the government effectively up and running at this point? is there someone in charge and are you concern
in with us. the pictures and the numbers tell a story of deepening desperation and heart break. here's what we know. the haitian government believes between 100 and 200,000 people were killed. 40,000 have been buried in mass graves. among survivors, between 2 million and 3 million people are in need of food, water, shelter and medical care. >> the united states is mounting a record. military personnel are in haiti or on navy and coast guard ships and by monday that will be more than 10,000. along with relief agencies, they will face a population desperate for help with patience wearing thin. >> hillary clinton will get a firsthand look visiting haiti today and president obama will meet with former president clinton and george w. bush in enlisting their help in a fund-raising effort for earthquake relief. >> we have extended coverage in haiti and across the border in the dominican republic. an exclusive interview from a student who survived the quake and made her way home, but four classmates are among the missing. >> we begin with carrie sanders live in port-au-prince. what's the scene like
in the case. >>> and the so-called tiger woods' defense being used by the lawyer for the mack accused of blackmailing david letterman. in court papers, joe halderman's attorney is using a aspect of the woods' sex scandal to get his client's charges dismissed. >>> we're going to begin with the deep freeze that's gripping much of the country. we'll get to al's forecast in just a moment. we'll start with nbc's jeff rossen, who is in new york's times square, freezing. jeff, good morning. >> reporter: a few blocks away, it feels like you sent me to siberia. in new york city, you saw it on the plaza, 20 degrees outside. with the wind chill, it feels about five or six degrees. i was going to complain about that. but then i looked up the temperature in des moines, eye. with the wind chill there, it feels like negative 25. a lot of cities this morning are dealing with the bitterly cold like we are. other cities are dealing with the heavy snow, many are dealing with both at once. as snow piles up in the northeast -- and temperatures dip well below zero in the midwest -- you have the winter weat
're already taking stuff off of it. >> they are. >> but they're using the wood for the habitat for humanity home. so at least it's going to a good cause. >> that's good. in the past they've grind them up and used the wood chips for camps for underprivileged children and stuff like that. so, there's a social conscience out here on the plaza. >> not just a pretty tree. >> exactly right. out on the plaza, i'm matt lauer with natalie morales and al roker. >>> coming up, people say in the new year, i'm going to change my life, do things for the better. and the advice we're going to give you today is don't bite off more than you can chew. it's the small changes that you make over the next couple months and years that can really help you, and they won't set you up for failure the way the big things you attempt to do will. >> absolutely. >> so we'll talk about that in just a little while. >>> also, a lot of couples may be re-evaluating their relationship because of all these recent scandals, cheating scandals in the news these days, with the tiger woods drama. giving couples food for thought. so, i
be considered for enhancing security. they have been tested in trial runs, but are not now in use. ohm 40 are deployed for passengers requiring extra security. the secretary of homeland security pushed to buy and install more, but congress resisted, persuaded in part by lobbying that the machines are an invasion of privacy with strip search. >> i talked to a lot of people and debated about why it was important to visualize what was concealed under people's clothing. >> he is a consultant for a company that makes the scanners and they fight deployment for scening, claiming they would be inappropriate as abdulmutallab concealed what he was hiding. >> we have to develop something more effective to defeat the terrorist and doesn't have a huge negative side effect. >>> the obama administration is adding more names to federal watch lists and that affects innocent passengers too. anna garcia, a reporter for knbc in los angeles cannot use curbside check in or get her boarding pass. she is always subjected to screening because a name similar to her is on a watch list. the top commander in the mide
of that. >> reporter: as rescue teams mobilize from around the globe, the u.s. is pledging its full support. >> we will be providing both civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance, and our prayers are with the people that have suffered, their families and their loved ones. >> reporter: we just got word overnight that the woman we mentioned, jillian thorpe, an american who works with off fans and was trapped in the rubble of a building has been rescued. know there will be more survivor stories over the next few days, and possibly even weeks, but we also know this disaster may not be over. there's still many fears of continued aftershocks that could go on into weeks or months, landslides and more building collapses in a city where it's been estimated that some 60% of the buildings may be poorly built, matt. >> as you heard michelle kosinski tell us, american missionary jillian thorpe was pulled safely from the rubble of a collapsed building in port-au-prince. her husband, frank thorpe jr., who happened to be an intern with us here on "today," helped with that r
. is it the end of the road for his health care reform plan? this morning, senator-elect scott brown is with us exclusively. >>> and manhunt. police in virginia desperately searching for a man accused of gunning down eight people, and they've surrounded a wooded area where they believe he's hiding today, wednesday, january 20th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. and more bad news out of haiti. that aftershock that struck just after 6:00 a.m. eastern time was 36 miles outside of port-au-prince, and it is believed to be the strongest aftershock since last week's quake. >> as you might imagine, it rattled a lot of nerves in an already devastated country, sending people screaming and running outside, including nbc's lester holt, who is there. lester, what was it like? how long did it last? >> reporter: well, we were just discussing that. you know, it's hard to know how long it lasted. our guess is 15 to 20 seconds. i was on the second floor of the structure we're using here
will be back for a local update. join us at 9:00 for the latest his fiuáu appearance and we will find out what happened inside and out the courtroom. what he has been telng investigator investigators. >> after worry and long lines for the vaccine, what happened to the swine flu? a lot to tell you about the way the disease progressed and what has been recommended now on getting that vaccine or not. >> did you get yours? >> i got the seasonal flu vaccine because it was right here on the show. >> i paid $18 and got the swine flu because they had it. >> i got it for my kids, but i'm unprotected. >> we will talk about the economy and pting people back to work. we want to start off with the latest from savannah guthrie. >> reporter: the shipping giant u.p.s. slashed 1800 management and administrative jobs, underscoring the bad employment and the labor department. they faced budget at 10% and 85,000 jobs walked. the rate of underemployed, people working part-time that can't get full time jobs is up to 17.3%. at an event to announce tax credits for green jobs, the president acknowledged the set back.
mid teens in some places. it is a major concern for fruit growers who are using sprinklers to put ice on their crops to try to protect them from the deep freeze. nato officials say that three american service members died today in a battle with militants in southern afghanistan. >>> gas prices are up 14 cents a gallon in the last three weeks, according to the lundberg survey to an average of $2.74 a gallon for regular. that's the highest level in more than a year. >>> police in milwaukee are hoping the surveillance video will help them catch a man who recently through a molotov cocktail at a gas station cashier, no one was hurt in the incident. >>> a study released today suggests an increasing number of american and high school and college students are wrestling with anxiety and depression, five times the number of those dealing with it during the great depression. an expert speculated that pop culture obsessed with appearance, status and wealth has contributed to mental health issues. and for the fourth weekend in a row, "avatar" held onto the top spot at the box office, taking in $4
pulled alive from the rubble on sunday, as more aid and u.s. troops arrive in haiti. >>> neck and neck, the race to fill t late ted kennedy's senate seat coming down to the wire. it all comes down to tomorrow's vote. and it could decide the fate of health care reform. >>> and hollywood's golden night. some of the biggest names in entertainment take top honors at the 67th annual golden globe awards. the winners and losers on stage and on the red carpet today, monday, january 18th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a monday morning, martin luther king jr. day, i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. some 12,000 service men and women are in the region helping to get supplies to earthquake survivors, but some say the aid is not arriving fast enough. >> there's a lot of frustration. let's get you caught up. some 70,000 bodies have been buried in mass graves. an on sunday, haiti's prime minister says he expects the final death toll to be 100,000 at a minimum. but 134 hours after the quake, survivors are still being found. at l
to an attempted bombing of the u.s. airliner. full-body scanners could be one answer. wh can they detect and what do they reveal? this morning, a live demonstration right in our studio. >>> meat locker. below-zero temperatures in three entire states overnight, north dakota, south dakota and nebraska, as dangerous snow and ice push into the entire eastern half of the country. >>> and falcon's flight. nbc news has obtained never-before-seen video of the infamous balloon boy incident. >> dad, falcon's in there! >> where? >> in the ship! >> he was just here! >> no, he's in there! >> what? >> what? >> and despite his guilty plea, balloon boy dad richard heene says it wasn't a hoax. a live, exclusive interview with him today, friday, january 8th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and in for meredith, i'm ann curry. good morning, everybody. there's been a lot of talk about these full-body scanners, specifically after this attempted christmas day bombing, and what these scanners might be able to do to preve
's old business for us. >>> but let's begin with a check of the morning's top stories. an curry over at the news desk, good morning to you, an. >>> good morning, everybody, we begin with the record-breaking cold sweeping across the nation, during the night, falling temperatures broke records in no fewer than eight cities in florida. heightening concerns about crops and about food prices. we've got nbc's ron mott in atlanta this morning with details. hey ron, good morning. >> reporter: in a city nicknamed hot atlantaa scenes like this one don't do much for that reputation. it's been frigid here for the better part of a week, the longest cold snap since 1982. and this big chill is getting costly. in florida this weekend, farmers like carl grooms had a lot of frozen fruit on their hands. and a disturbing crunch under their feet. as temperatures continued to plummet overnight. threatening to wipe out crops and the profits that come with them. >> if you're a farmer, you need to deal with the elements. and this is one of them. i wish she'd be a little kind to us right now and put a warm ha
's your latest weather. ann? >> all right, al, thank you. >>> and now john edwards, the u.s. senator and former democratic candidate now confirms to nbc news that he is the father of rielle hunter's 22-month-old baby girl, something a lot of people had long suspected. nbc's senior investigative correspondent lisa myers has details for us this morning. hey, lisa, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, again, ann. senator edwards' statement has been months in the making and confirms, as you said, what many americans have already concluded, that at the same time he was running for president, john edwards fathered a child. today, he is publicly embracing that child for the first time. >> this way, senator. >> reporter: after two years of scandal, deception and betrayal -- >> the story's false. >> reporter: -- that destroyed his political career and wrecked his personal life, john edwards this morning is trying to right a wrong. are you speaking for the senator today? >> i am speaking for the senator to the extent that anyone can, yes. >> reporter: harrison hickman is edwards' longtime
can look you in the eye and say we have not been obstructionists. >> they didn't send us to washington to fight each other in a political steel cage match to see who comes out alive. >> reporter: republicans began by presenting the president with a booklet of ideas and as many complains mr. obama spent the last year ignoring them. >> multiple times from your administration there have been statements that republicans have no idea of the solutions. >> reporter: other sore spots remain. at the top of the list, jobs and how to create more of them. >> will you consider supporting across the board tax relief. >> reporter: the $787 billion stimulus, target of republican attacks, resulted in two million jobs and hit back at gop critics. >> a lot of you have gone to appear at ribbon cuttings for the same projects you voted against. >> reporter: despite the talk of getting along and bipartisan comedy, there is a desperate struggle for control. many republicans believe in outside experts concur. they had a chance to take back the house in november. how that bodes for bipartisans getting along in
a lot of the country. we've got complete coverage this morning from the u.s. to europe and we begin in the south where unseasonal cold has florida residents trading tank tops for snuggies today. the weather channel's julie martin is there. julie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, lester. yes, freakishly cold weather expected here in the state of florida through monday and a hard freeze warning all the way from the panhandle in through plant city where i am. as you can see farmers doing everything they can to try to protect their crops from mother nature but fully expecting some damage from this cold snap, which is, by the way, been a week-long event. but now temperatures are going to get even colder, dipping into the 20s through monday. i want to take a look across the state of florida. flurries and ice reported as far south as miami yesterday. people using whatever they can to scrape off their windshields in florida. not something youould see every day. in fact orlando hit one of the coldest highs its seen in about five years. and several southern states just dealing
have simply vanished, but aid is arriving with the u.s. military now assisting the flow of flights into and out of the airport in port-au-prince. and 62 hours after the initial quake, there are some glimmers of hope. several people, including an american woman, were pulled from collapsed buildings overnight. >> and the red cross says it has collected more than $35 million in donations at this point. former presidents bill clinton and george w. bush are leading the private sector's fund-raising efforts. president clinton will join us live in a moment. but first, let's get the latest from ann curry, who is in port-au-prince. good morning to you, ann. >> reporter: meredith, good morning. we've got some breaking news for you this morning. the uss aircraft carrier "carl vincent" has arrived offshore, and right behind me, you can see those aircraft, those helicopters. they are considered the first wave of the aircraft that will begin to arrive here from the "uss karl vincent." this morning, three-star lieutenant general keen told us this is the beginning of a tremendous u.s. military eff
. jeff, how's it feel? >> reporter: manual labor, matt. usually, i'm used to just getting you coffee in the morning. this is the most manual labor i've done in a long time. >> well, you're doing very well. you really are. just remember, use your legs, okay? >> that's right. >> and you know, you might want to do the door for them. >> reporter: there you go. >> because they can't get out of the house until you get there. >> reporter: i know. have you seen that? look at this. >> we've seen jeff's report. he's done some shoveling before, so he's used to this. >> oh, man! >> that just means we love you, jeff. >> jeff, by the way, those people aren't home. anyway, we'll check with them a little later. >> they're on vacation, somewhere in tropical weather. >> exactly. out on the plaza in new york city, matt lauer along with natalie morales and al roker. >> so mean. >> and truth in advertising, our large crowd has dwindled to a hardy dozen or so. >> a real hardy dozen. good job, guys. >> this woman is here because she's stuck to the ground. that's how cold it is here. >>> anyway, coming up,
with his first state of the union address. chuck todd is with us at the white house. >> reporter: with the state of the union looming on wednesday, the president is trying to regain his political footing after a devastating week of setbacks, which began with the populace revolt in massachusetts and the republican victory there. in fact, washington so shaken up that ben bernanke's bid for second term as fed chair is now in jeopardy. after one of the toughest weeks of his presidency, president obama is still on political defense. his latest challenge? getting federal reserve chairman, ben bernanke, confirmed for a second term. >> president obama checked in with the leadership over the weekend and he heard from senator reid, that there's a lot of support for ben bernanke. we're confident that the chairman will be confirmed. >> reporter: but the senate democrats' top vote counter said it's not a done deal and the president will need a significant chunk of republican senators for the 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster. >> i still have unanswered questions and many colleagues do. we
expanding its u.s. recall to include an additional 1 million vehicles, including 2008 to 2010 highlanders. >>> today, meantime, toyota said that -- rather, ford said that it earned $2.7 billion in 2009. that's the company's first profit in four years. >>> and there's a rescue at sea to tell you about in poland, where a dog found itself stuck on an ice floe in the middle of the baltic sea it was spotted by crew members on a research vessel who went out on a small boat to reach the dog. officials believe the animal traveled about 60 miles down the river on the ice before being swept out to sea. it is now three minutes past the hour. let's go back to -- they're now trying to find them a home. meantime, he's currently still aboard the ship. >> poor thing. >> that's a lucky dog. >> very lucky. >> very lucky dog. >> out at sea. my goodness. >> i think it was 18 miles off the coast. ann, thank you very much. mr. roker, how's the weather looking? >>> well, especially for our friends in the midwest and the plains, it's going to be very, very rough. in fact, this low pressure system comes out. you
there was actually a third party crasher. we'll get the details on that in a live report from the white use coming up in a couple of minutes. >>> plus, some never-before-seen photos of tiger woods, and they offer a side of the golfing legend rarely, if ever, seen, courtesy of "vanity fair" magazine. we'll have a look at them straight ahead. >>> but we begin this tuesday morning with the deep freeze that has spread to even more of the country. nbc's jeff rossen's in snowy upstate new york in fulton, just outside syracuse, the shot we showed you before. jeff, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, matt, good morning to you. as you know, they're used to major snow here in upstate new york near syracuse, but nothing quite like this. biggest storm here in three years. right now this is not a snow drift that i'm standing in. this is not a big pile of plowed snow. this is actually, matt, somebody's front lawn. somebody actually lives here. 52 inches of snow on the ground here right now. it's been snowing for nine days straight. not sure you can tell, but it's still coming down this morning. oh, and it's col
security was not found. >>> the military says four u.s. troops were killed on sunday by a roadside bomb in southern afghanistan. they are the first u.s. combat deaths in afghanistan this year. >>> bitter cold grips much of the nation this morning, with temperatures way below the normal for the rockies to florida. we've got nbc's jeff rossen in new york's times square on this. good morning. >> reporter: hey, ann, good morning to you. freezing on the streets of manhattan. just checked the wind chill. it makes it feel like nine degrees, an improvement from a couple of hours ago, when it was only five or six. we were thinking we had it bad, but then we looked up, international falls, minnesota. with a wind chill right now of negative 31. some cities, like new york, dealing with the bitter cold. others are dealing with heavy snow. and some are dealing with both at once. as snow piles up in the northeast and temperatures dip well below zero in the midwest, you have the winter weather lovers -- >> it's like a winter wonderland. >> and the haters. >> it's unreal -- it's a blizzard. >> reporter:
>>> good morning. "today" exclusive. for the first time, former u.s. senator and presidential candidate john edwards admits he is the father of frances quinn hunter, the 22-month-old daughter of his former mistress. this morning, why he denied it for so long and why he's now decided to come clean. >>> goodnight. nbc confirms a deal has been signed between the network and conan o'brien with an official announcement to come later this morning. >>> and first photo? tiger woods apparently spotted for the first time since his infamous accident and admitted affairs, pictures that seem to confirm he is in rehab for sex addiction today, thursday, january 21st, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this thursday morning. i'm meredith vieira. >> and i'm matt lauer. and this admission by john edwards has apparently been in the works for months. it confirms what people have long suspected, that the one-time democratic presidential candidate is, in fact, the father of rielle hunter's daughter, quinn. >> edwards in the past denied he was the fathe
's daughter, could john edwards now be indicted over money used to keep that woman quiet? >>> and say what? a woman records her husband saying the strangest things in his sleep. >> i don't have them, but now they're a huge hit on the internet. so, what does he have to say last night? we're going to find out when they join us for a live interview today, friday, january 22nd, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. matt, i want you to take a look at this. this is snow in flagstaff, arizona. not rare, but what is unusual is the amount that has fallen, up to 23 inches since just wednesday. >> that's right, and the snow has led to hundreds of flight cancellations and delays and prompted arizona's governor to declare a statewide emergency, anit's expected to continue for the next day or two. that's not what the people out there want to hear. we're going to have more on that and the ongoing trail of damage caused by a week of rain in southern california, just ahead. >>> also ahead
bombing of northwest airlines flight 253. we are now learning that u.s. border security officers were already planning to question the accused bomber when he landed in detroit. apparently, they had become worried about him after that plane took off from amsterdam. nbc's savannah guthrie's at the white house with more on this. savannah, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, matt. senior aides say that would have been standard procedure for border and customs officials based on the suspect's appearance on that terror database, but obviously would have been too late to stop this plot. meanwhile, today the president's top terror adviser releases his report on what the president has called a potentially catastrophic screw-up by the u.s. government. one day after 23-year-old umar farouk abdulmutallab was indicted for attempting to blow up a detroit-bound passenger jet, the president's top terror adviser will unveil his findings on how it happened, a detailed, unclassified outline of where the nation's intelligence system broke down. the president's national security adviser
, for the first time, the u.s. military air-dropped supplies of food and water into makeshift refugee camps. and the obama administration has eased restrictions on haitian orphans being adopted by americans, making it easier for them to enter this country. right now, about 60 are on a plane headed to pittsburgh, and we're going to have more on them in just a moment. >> we'll have more on this incredible rescue of a woman six days after that earthquake. her husband never gave up hope. on monday he heard a sound coming out of the rubble. that set off a dramatic rescue. their emotional reunion is coming up. >> incredible. >>> and on a much different note, jay leno has made a lot of jokes about the late-night shake-up here at nbc, but last night he got very serious about what's going on and exactly who knew what. we're going to hear his side of the story in just a bit. >>> but let's begin with the latest out of haiti. nbc's lester holt is in the capital of port-au-prince. good morning, lester. >> reporter: meredith, good morning. we're beginning to hear some complaints from aid agencies here ab
of course, his close friend in the u.s. senate, senator ted kennedy, died last summer. that was a major blow. dodd then picked up kennedy's mantle on health care legislation, but he's also spear-heading a comomise on landmark banking regulation. thatould now falter if dodd loses clt as a lam duck. dodd's decision to retire became knn only few hours after another democratic stalwart, senator byron dorga said he woul't run. he was also challenged at home. and senate majority leader reid di't know in advance of eier decision. he faces a tough election this year. >> how significant is the timing of these announcements and what do you think it will mean psychologically and symbolically for the democrats who face a tough november coming up? >> it's huge. do's decision could actually improve democratic chances in their state. there is a popular attorney general, richard blumenthal there. so thehave a chae of holding that seat. dorgan's seat wl probably be ken by north kota's republicans, may the governor if he chooses to run. now also, democrati governor bill ritter believedo be once a rising star
. as you know, they're used to major snow here in upstate new york near syracuse, but nothing quite like this. biggest storm here in three years. right now this is not a snow drift that i'm standing in. this is not a big pile of plowed snow. this is actually, matt, somebody's front lawn. somebody actually lives here. 52 inches of snow on the ground here right now. it's been snowing for nine days straight. not sure you can tell, but it's still coming down this morning. oh, and it's cold here, too, from the east to the midwest down to the south. i know it's winter, but even for january, this is cold. and snowy. keep trying. you can't escape it. >> when your eyelashes start to freeze, you know it's a bad sign. >> unless you're planning to move, you've got to deal with it as best you can. >> well, by the end of six days, i'll be glad for it to go. i'll be ready for some warm weather again. >> reporter: what's so striking is how widespread this is. today, more than half the country, 35 states, will see temperatures well below average. schools are closed across arkansas. ice jams are flooding
in the u.s. while engineers try to fix a dangerous problem with gas pedals. and this morning the company says it doesn't know how long that will take. >>> and not so fast. students blindfold their girls basketball coach and set him up for an impossible shot to win tickets to the final four. two problems -- he makes the shot -- [ cheers and applause ] and they never had the tickets. the story of the prank gone wrong today, wednesday, january 27th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. you know, it's not just what the president says tonight in his address, it's also his ability to connect with the voters, that people will be watching. >> that's right. and judging by that nbc news/"wall street journal" poll, boy, he's got his work cut out for him. so, what kind of tone will he take? what does he need to say? we'll get a preview of the speech from white house press secretary robert gibbs. >>> also ahead, new developments this morning in the tragic death of nancy kerrigan
fleiss agreed to do? they're fighting their addictions and dr. drew pinsky is helping us with "celebrity rehab," it is season three now. >> before that, ann is inside with a look at the headlines. >> thanks a lot, matt. >>> in the news this morning, everybody, good morning once again, the democrats' filibuster majority in the senate is a bit more fragile today with word that two democrats will not seek re-electi re-election, and one of them, chris dodd, is chairman of the senate banking committee. having served five terms as senator, and he's also played a prominent role in the health care reform debate. the other not seeking re-election is byron dorgan after serving three terms in the senate. >>> multiple missile strikes hit northwest pakistan today, a haven for militants who attack american troops in afghanistan. the missiles, believed to be from u.s. drones, killed at least 13 people. >>> president obama says he will not tolerate further security breakdowns. on tuesday he called the christmas day airliner attack "a screw-up that could have been disastrous." he said the government had
down the deficit and will congress go along with it? >>> family tragedy. the father of u.s. figure skater nancy kerrigan dead following a violent struggle with her brother. now he is under arrest. this morning, the latest on the investigation. >>> and happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy birthday. nadya suleman's octuplets are turning 1, and their mom, well, she is showing off her slim, new figure today, tuesday, january 26th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm meredith vieira -- >> and -- >> did i mention that i'm happy? >> happy eight times over. and i'm matt lauer. >>> president obama is probably going to spend a lot of time today working on the state of the union address, to deliver tomorrow night. we now know a key component of that address is a three-year spending freeze on parts of the budget. >> it would impact about $477 billion of the money available to certain domestic agencies, everything from education to transportation, but that doesn't necessarily mean that those budgets would
used a lot of it to convince the american people he's focused on issue number one, the economy and jobs. >> the president called jobs his number one focus in 2010, and he told lawmakers he wanted a new jobs bill on his desk "without delay." in fact, it took president obama 33 minutes to bring up what was once his administration's biggest priority, and that would be health care. >> just ahead, some reaction to the speech from both sides of the aisle when we talk to vice president joe biden and former florida governor, republican jeb bush. but let's begin at the white house with nbc's chuck todd, our chief white house correspondent. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, matt. look, it was a very animated president obama last night who delivered his first state of the union that was as much about trying to shore up his own political standing with the american public as it was about laying out his agenda for the coming year. >> the worst of the storm has passed. >> reporter: the president took pains to talk about hope at a time when so many americans seemed to have so
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